Colony size evolution in ants: macroevolutionary trends

  title={Colony size evolution in ants: macroevolutionary trends},
  author={Andrew Taylor Burchill and Corrie S. Moreau},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Abstract Colony size is an incredibly important factor in social insect ecology: it affects everything from foraging strategies to colony defense to mating systems to the degree of polymorphism. However, colony sizes vary dramatically among ant species (Formicidae): sizes range from several workers living together to super-colonies that stretch for hundreds of kilometers. Although the origins of eusociality and colonial life have been extensively theorized, little work has been done describing… 

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